Thursday, February 22, 2007

Spitzer pushing legislators to reform JEREMY M. CREELAN

Another view on what Spitzer is trying to accomplish......andy

"Gov. Eliot Spitzer has stunned the Legislature by attacking individual members from his own party for choosing to scrap an expert-based comptroller selection process and instead select one of their own. Observers wonder: How could he let his own temper and thirst for power so jeopardize the legislative process and his own policy agenda? Will Spitzer's attacks culminate in a coup to oust the speaker of the Assembly?
The truth is that this is not about Spitzer's personality; this is a fundamental shift in the way Albany works. Even as he is attacking members individually for their votes, he is also demanding that they play a far more important role in the legislative process.
For the first time in recent history, a New York governor is consulting with individual legislators -- rather than just with the Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader -- to discuss the budget and other legislation"

for the rest of this interesting here...........andy

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